It took Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski to win the UFC featherweight title for the 31-year-old to break into the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
The Shellharbour based athlete debuts at number 9 in the rankings while the opponent he defeated, Max Holloway dropped five positions to number twelve.
He becomes the third Australian & New Zealand fighter on the pound-for-pound rankings with Adesanya ranked at number seven and Whittaker at thirteen.
Jon Jones remains at the top of the tree, followed by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Henry Cejudo.
In other ranking news, Kai Kara-France’s loss on the weekend has Kiwi drop two positions to the number 8 contender ranking in the UFC flyweight division.
The UFC rankings a compiled by a select list of MMA Journalists.